About the Conference

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has revealed the unambiguous impact of health disparities on morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 in disadvantaged populations. Patients with chronic health conditions and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities have disproportionally and dramatically suffered in the ongoing pandemic. It is these same communities that are at risk for the health effects of increased temperatures, air pollution, and extreme weather events that result from global warming induced climate change. Clinicians have been on the frontlines, caring for patients with COVID-19, all the while updating health and safety protocols to protect themselves, their co-workers, and their families. COVID-19 has stressed every system of healthcare in the country but most severely those in large cities such as NYC. This CME event aims to explore the convergence of climate change, COVID-19, and racial injustice with presentations to include: clinical practice updates related to climate change and COVID-19; air pollution and strength of evidence for a role in COVID-19 severity; healthcare supply chain impact and the dual challenges of adequate protection and its role as a driver of climate change through increased pollution/emissions; lessons learned from the COVID-19 disaster in NYC that informs healthcare system response and preparedness climate-mediated disasters and severe events; and experiential learning in public health tracking for climate/health impacts and clinical guidance in the recognition and treatment of climate-mediated disease. Further, an evidence-based exploration of the path forward and solutions that can mitigate at the community, health system and national level the numerous threats posed by COVID-19, climate change, and racial injustice. Finally, as racial injustice has galvanized people across the nation to take action towards a safer and more equitable society, this conference will discuss the role of community advocacy and ways to build new partnerships between community and health care leaders.

 

While some institutions are exploring ways to integrate the intersection of climate change and health into curriculum, it is still not widely available to students and allied health professionals.  Furthermore, the current political environment has fed numerous conspiracy theories and misinformation which has contributed to the failed public health response to the pandemic. Given this and the urgency of COVID-19, clinicians need up-to-date accurate information and new tools to better understand ongoing threats and refine and improve their own preparation and clinical practices. COVID-19 and climate change present similar challenges when it comes to acquisition of evidence-based information. It is critical that providers are prepared now to address the health effects of increased temperatures and extreme weather events as well as those presented by the pandemic. With the rise of heat-related illnesses, infectious, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic, providers need substantive, evidence-based education to effectively recognize and manage these threats to protect and improve human health.

 

This CME event is aimed at a broad audience of allied health professionals seeking to improve understanding, performance and patient outcomes. It will fill the current gap and provide learners with an opportunity for exposure to up-to-date evidence based information on climate change impacts. 

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of the Westchester Academy of Medicine and the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine atMount Sinai. The Westchester Academy of Medicine is accredited by MSSNY to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

 

The Westchester Academy of Medicine designates this live webinar activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category I Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Institute for Exposomic Research

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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